The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Star Baker: March 2016
After watching the recent video, 25 Strange but True Facts about Chester, I was interested to see that there is a Chester Cake. In the interests of journalistic research I have decided to find out more about this cake, bake one and (of course) eat it! Not because I love cake or anything, you realise, just to inform our website readers.
Chester Cake is a pastry confection traditionally associated with Dublin, Ireland, where it is known as Gur Cake. In Cork it is known as gudge or donkey's gudge. Chester Cake consists of a thick layer of filling between two thin layers of pastry, topped with lemon icing. The filling is a dark brown paste, containing a mixture of cake/bread crumbs, dried fruits (sultana raisins etc.), and a sweetener/binder. It has traditionally been a cheap confection, made from bakery leftovers.
340 g (12oz) good quality white bread
1 pot cold tea
1 tsp baking powder
90 g (3oz) plain flour
225 g (8oz) brown sugar
54 g (2oz) butter
2 tblsp mixed spice
225 g (8oz) sultanas
1/4 pint milk
2 tblsp marmalade
1 lb readymade shortcrust pastry
200g icing sugar
juice of a lemon
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